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Hidden Brook Farm Dressage Schooling Show - June 2, 2019

Ellie and I did a show at our lesson barn this past weekend instead of taking a lesson.  I would have done a lesson on Saturday before the show, but my instructor went to NEDA Spring with her eldest daughter, who was able to get her last Grand Prix score for her USDF Gold Medal!!!  So that is a good reason to not be able to lesson haha.

I admit I was a little bummed about our low scores at the SMDA show two weeks prior.  I know a score of 6 (60%) is called satisfactory, but I really thought our performance was better than a low 60%.
I was determined to ride well and even though Beth was not there, I had her youngest daughter as my back up if the wheels fell off the bus LOL!  She was already in the warmup and at the show ring with her actual students, so it was nice to have her there to remind me to breathe and not hang on the left rein!  ;-)
Ellie unloaded and was totally calm.  Honestly, she loves her lesson barn and knows it is her second home haha.  She was much calmer tied to the tra…

Bloghop: Favorites of 2018

Thanks to Amanda for starting a fun little bloghop!

Favorite Show Picture
This is from our first dressage show ever, in May at our lesson barn.  It is a crappy screenshot from a video, but I love how Ellie looks like a proper little dressage pony!  Sadly, there were no photographers at any of the shows we did this year, so I was unable to purchase professional photos.


Favorite Non-Show Picture
This is such a sweet photo of my three year old son and Ellie.  She is so kind and this photo exemplifies her personality.




Favorite Thing You Bought
I don't know if I have a favorite thing, but for this blog post it would be my pretty blue AA Platinum MotionLite show coat.  The coat is such a great color and just different enough to stand out in a good way.  Also, it is so super comfortable and breathable, it is the best show coat I have ever worn.  I splurged and bought the hunter green as well.  



Favorite Moment on Horseback
This would probably be our XC clinic with Daryl, because it was so much darn fun (even though it was also a little frustrating)!  



Favorite Moment Out of the Saddle
I would say starting Ellie in harness and working with Sandra Beaulieu on ground work are tied for my favorite out-of-saddle moments!


Favorite "Between the Ears" Picture
I love all between the ears photos, since is there any place better than the back of a horse?  But I would choose this one from the height of summer, in the beautiful Maine woods, on a mare who has become a brave trail partner!


Favorite Horse Book or Article
This one is tough, because I used to be such a voracious reader, but in the last few years I have gotten away from reading.  This saddens me, but it is part of the season of my life right now (small child means no leisure reading time available), but I have been enjoying several Dressage Today articles this year.  I like this one on trot lengthenings and this on shoulder in/half pass.  I also just bought Denny's latest book, which I need to make time to read!  And of course, I spend a lot of time enjoying everyone's blogs, which besides the reading I do for teaching, is probably the most I read all year haha! 


Favorite Horse Ridden (or Groomed/Cared for) Aside from Your Own
Uhhh, I guess I would have to go with Taylor, since I haven't ridden, groomed, or cared for any other horse besides my own two this year LOL!


Favorite Funny Picture of Your Horse
Hands down, any pic of this mare smiling.  Seriously, she's ridiculous hahahaha!

plus the fact she loved wearing her hat haha
Favorite Fence You Successfully Jumped or Movement You Conquered
Since we are tadpole jumpers at the moment haha, I am going to go with the canter.  Our leads caused some issues this year and nailing both leads by the end of show season in Training 1 was an accomplishment to me with this mare.



Favorite Horse Meme or Funny Picture

Comments

  1. Ellie is such a good little mare. Love everything about her.

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  2. You and Ellie had a truly excellent year, and it was fun to follow along! 😁

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    1. Thank you! I had such a great year with her and thanks for coming along on our journey!!

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  3. Happy New Year! love Ellie's personality! are you buried in snow now??? It is raining here AGAIN.

    Love that photo of her and your kid too! so cute!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well! We are surprisingly not buried in sn*w as much as in ICE!!! Every time it sn*ws lately we get TONS of rain, too! So the ice is really sucking haha. But it was warm yesterday and we were actually able to trot and canter in the ring! It was wet but decent enough footing!

      I love that photo so much. He loves her just as much as she loves him right back!

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  4. Those are all great favourites

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